Transposition chart for capo

A capo, or capo tasto in full length, is a device used for change the key without changing the tuning. You just attach the capo around the guitar neck on a fret that you chose and the pitch is raised (place the capo over the fretboard as you would do with your index finger playing a barre chord, e.i. close to the fret). Sometimes you will see notes like "Capo 3" or "Capo 5". This means that you would attach the capo around the guitar neck on these frets.


capoThe capo is not at least a splendid solution if you find it difficult to play barre chords. With the assistance of a capo you can rearrange the barre chords to open chords in new positions – see the chart below. The capo is also a great tool for those who want to find new ways in there’s guitar playing.

Transpose with help of the capo

The chart below is a guide that helps you find the right chord using a capo.

  c d e g a dm em am
No capo C D E G A Dm Em Am
Capo 1 C#/Db D#/Eb F G#/Ab A#/Bb D#m/Ebm Fm A#m/Bbm
Capo 2 D E F#/Gb A B Em F#m/Gbm Bm
Capo 3 D#/Eb F G A#/Bb C Fm Gm Cm
Capo 4 E F#/Gb G#/Ab B C#/Db F#m/Gbm G#m/Abm C#m/Dbm
Capo 5 F G A C D Gm Am Dm
Capo 6 F#/Gb G#/Ab A#/Bb C#/Db D#/Eb G#m/Abm A#m/Bbm D#m/Ebm
Capo 7 G A B D E Am Bm Em

Comment

On the top you see the chord names and below them diagrams with chord shapes. The numbers to the left indicate on which fret the capo is placed. If you place the capo on the third fret and play the Am chord shape, we find out by the chart that the result will be a Cm chord. You can of course go further than the seventh fret, but it will be very short of room for your fingers. See picture of fretboard with notes.

Examples of how the chord changes

C Capo 2 = D | C Capo 4 = E | C Capo 5 = F
D Capo 2 = E | D Capo 3 = F | D Capo 5 = G
E Capo 1 = F | E Capo 3 = G | E Capo 5 = A
G Capo 2 = A | G Capo 4 = B | G Capo 5 = C
A Capo 2 = B | A Capo 3 = C | A Capo 5 = D
Dm Capo 2 = Em | Dm Capo 3 = Fm | Dm Capo 5 = Gm
Em Capo 1 = Fm | Em Capo 3 = Gm | Em Capo 5 = Am
Am Capo 2 = Bm | Am Capo 3 = Cm | Am Capo 5 = Dm

Examples of how the key changes

If you play with a capo on 2nd fret a song with chords like G, C and D will sounding like A major.
If you play with a capo on 4th fret a song with chords like C, F and G will sounding like E major.
You probably get it now...

Choose the right capo

There are many models of a capo nowadays and therefore the price fluctuates a bit. The cheapest ones with just an elastic band can be bought for a few dollars. But I would recommend capos that are specially made to fit an arched or a plain guitar neck. The price for these capos varies between 20 and 40 dollars.